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Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 3 from John 11

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Thank you for joining us!

Here is part 3 of the 3-part video series on Kendra Graham’s Women’s Bible Study. If you missed the previous lessons, click here for video message part 1 and click here for video message part 2.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content.

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question:  When have you been asked to believe in order to see?

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Please open your Bibles to John 11:41-45.

Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11:41-45

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 41a:   SO they removed the stone.

Verses 41b-42: Jesus raised His eyes and said, “Father I thank Thee, Thou heardest Me, but because of the people standing around, I said it, that they MAY BELIEVE.

Verse 43:     He cried out with a LOUD voice, “Lazarus come forth.”

Verse 45:     Many beheld what He had done, believed HIM.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 41a: There is glory in the pain of the present and the past; trust Him that He knows what He is doing, and ask Him to use it.

Verse 41b-42: The words of Jesus are already DONE before they are spoken! Know the words of Jesus… because they are TRUE, they are LIFE and they are DONE.

Verse 43:Jesus breathes us out of death to life… from the beginning to the end. Lord! Breathe on me! All authority belongs to Jesus. The faith of Mary and Martha was not misplaced.

Verse 45:God has entrusted me with a testimony that I may or may not particularly like, for His glory. Don’t hold in those times of suffering and heartache; let the grace of God show in your life, don’t hide it!!!!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 41a: IF there be glory in the pain of the present and the past, will you trust Him that He knows what He is doing when He asks you to use it? Would you rather look at and and smell the rot you carry around than give the hardship and suffering to Jesus to redeem?

Verse 41b-42: Do you know there is power in the name and words of Jesus? Is your life lacking power and life because it is lacking Jesus?

Verse 43: What, or who, is your faith in?

Verse 45: What testimony of yours—in your suffering, pain, heartache, your past, your frustrations—does God want to use first of all to show YOU the glory of God (in the stinky stuff) and then show others? God wringing redemption and life out of suffering and death!!!! Do you think something has killed your chances of being a testimony for the glory of God? What do you think now??? DO YOU NOW BELIEVE?????

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: Acts 1:8
(NOTE: We will begin posting Bible study notes and homework every other week on the blog again until next January.)

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study… Video Message Part 1 from John 11

BGTC stone wall with snow on Feb 24 2015Greetings from beautiful snowy Asheville!  Wherever you are reading this, we hope you stay dry and warm.

For those of you who have been attending our Bible study here at The Cove, in person for the last several weeks, you know that we were snowed out for Kendra’s last session.

After the snow cleared, Kendra came in and video recorded the message she prepared for that last night and we are rolling it out here in our blog in three segments.  The first video focuses on John 11: 1-32.  Please read this scripture before viewing the video.

We have posted the three-questions below the video to coincide with the video content (yes, it is a repeat from last week, but we want to keep current with what’s in the video).

After watching the video, instead of sharing your three-questions, Kendra would like you to comment with a sentence or two on the following question: When has God decided to wait in your life?

Video 2 will be featured next week (Tues. March 3) and video 3 (Tues. March 10).

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Kendra Graham NOTES from John 11 (Excerpts)

WHAT DOES IT SAY? THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage. DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts. Do not paraphrase. Use the actual words of the passage. This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts. If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

FACTS:

Verse 4:       When Jesus heard it (that Lazarus, the one He loved, was sick) He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God.

Verse 6:       When He heard it, He stayed two days longer where He was.

Verse 14:     Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus is dead.”

Verse 15:     “I am glad for YOUR sakes I was not there, so YOU may believe.

Verses 25-26a: “I AM the resurrection and LIFE, he who believes in ME shall LIVE, even if he dies, EVERYONE who loves and believes in ME shall NEVER die.

Verse 26b:   DO YOU BELEIVE?

Verse 27:     She said to Him, “YES, Lord. I have believed You are CHRIST the SON of God even He who comes into the world.”

Verse 32:     When Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had, my brother would not have died.”

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact. What are the people doing that they should be doing? What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow? A promise to claim? A warning to heed? An example to follow? Meditate on these. Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

LESSONS:

Verse 4: There is so much more to our suffering in life than “just to kill us,” which is surely what God wants to do, right? How many of us hold this view of God? IF He is good, how can He allow suffering? God allows suffering to show us His goodness. God allowed two sisters to lose a brother, and a brother to lose his life, to show them His love. We have so many misunderstandings about the compassion and love of God. We think God’s love should look like our personal definition of love. God is not bound by our finite thoughts or feelings, and this is a GOOD thing!

Verse 6: Love often waits, not out of hate, evil or power issues, but out oflLove. We do not understand the compassion of a God who loves us with a relentless love. Trust God in the waiting, even if there is excruciating pain associated with that.

Verse 14: We do not serve a God who is unaware of the difficulties and suffering of life. Jesus does not skate over the facts; He sees it how it is, plainly—there is no time to live in denial. The reality of life is hard, and we serve a God who is not ignorant of that.

Verse 15: Our sorrow, suffering and heartache is not in vain. THERE is Purpose in the Pain, which brings hope. Jesus is more concerned with my eternal soul than with my temporary comfort.

Verse 25-26a: Jesus meets you in the middle of the pain and suffering. You never find Jesus hiding out or running from people, did you realize that? Jesus runs to the hard situation here, full of grief, blame, hurt, tension, and feelings of personal abandonment from Mary and Martha… (ever feel that same way about God?) Jesus waited, yes, but now He will weep with His handmade creation. Jesus tells EVERYONE CLEARLY who He is. Everyone WILL have a confrontation with Jesus, what you do with that is your choice. Jesus either is who He said He is and IS the WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, OR Jesus is the worst kind of humanity, a LIAR who has basically played the role of “pied piper” for ages… NOT bringing people to life, but death. There is no in between. If Jesus isn’t the SON OF GOD, then He truly isn’t even a good man or a prophet. Some think that Jesus is being very “exclusive” here… it’s Him or nothing. I see that as very clear. ALL roads DON’T lead to heaven… but the great thing here is that GOD is CLEAR about which One does!

Verse 26b: YOU MUST DECIDE ABOUT JESUS.

Verse 27: The hard times are where our faith turns from being something theoretical to being real. It’s not to stroke the ego of Jesus that Martha needed this moment; this moment is for Martha so that she can see, and know in her heart, what she believes. If you want to know what you truly believe about God, your belief is proven in the challenging and hard moments of life, when challenges force choices out of you. Martha worshipped Jesus IN it. This is what it looks like for faith to travel from being talked about in Sunday school circles to being lived out in your life. Your faith (or lack of it) is forced out, in moments like this.

Verse 32: We all have these statements, don’t we? “Lord, if You had…. then….” In the middle of her questions—her grief—notice Mary does not shake her fist and spew her ideas of justice and the love of God, Mary sees Jesus in it and falls at His feet, worships in the middle of her grief, knowing that just because she lost a brother, it doesn’t change the FACT of who Jesus is. All things are under His feet… even those things that He allows in our lives that we wish He didn’t. Often it is the hard stuff—the stuff for which we have more questions than answers—that brings us to the feet of Jesus.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush. Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next. Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 4: What do you believe about God? Is He a God who cares less about your suffering and is the cause for it? OR Do you believe God is good and wants to use the suffering for a greater purpose? Are you willing to let God use your suffering to bring Him glory?

Verse 6: Are you waiting for God to move and fix things how and when you think they need to be fixed?

Verse 14: Are you willing to be raw and real in the presence of Jesus? Did you realize that He knows the pain, He can plainly see it, and you can just lay it out to Him and call it what it is?

Verse 15: Are you willing to ask God what He wants to do with your pain?

Verse 25-26a: What will you do with Jesus? Who do you say that He is?

Verse 26b: DO YOU BELIEVE?

Verse 27: What do your actions say about your belief, in those hard situations, the crossroads of your life when you are hemmed in? Do your words and actions agree?

Verse 32: Are you willing to just fall at the feet of Jesus in the middle of your pain and let it out? Do you feel guilty telling God you don’t get it, or if You had….? Isn’t it great that we can just lay out our realness at the feet of Jesus and it is not held against us? What posture do you have in your pain in the presence of Jesus?

LIVE IT OUT!

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart. Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

Oh, that you would be compelled to BELIEVE because of the relentless Love of a LIVING, LOVING Savior!!!!

Homework: John 11:35-40

Get stuck? www.annegrahamlotz.com and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

Ladies, it’s time to sign up for the free women’s Bible study at The Cove!

Both Jane and Kendra have been working diligently throughout the year to prepare their lessons and are looking forward to seeing each of you.

Take a look  at their videos below to get an idea of what to expect in January.

Jane Derrick — Is Peace Possible?
Tuesday mornings: January 6 – March 3, 2015
9:45am – 11:45 a.m.
11:45 – 1 p.m. (optional)
Jane’s study will have an optional $10 lunch available, but you must sign up the week prior to each meal by calling 1-800-950-2092.
Note: Class will not meet on February 24th

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Jane’s morning Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Jane’s video in your browser.

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Kendra Graham — Compelled: Christ’s Relentless Love For You
Tuesday evenings: January 6 – February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Kendra’s evening Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Kendra’s video in your browser.

Newcomers always welcome!  Bring a friend or two.

Kendra’s Bible Study… Nehemiah 2:1-5

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Nehemiah 2:1-5 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it. 

Verse 1a: In the month of Nisan 

Verse 1b: I took up the wine and gave it to the king. 

Verse 2a: The king said, “Why is your face sad?” 

Verse 2b: I was very much afraid 

Verse 3: Why should my face not be sad when the place of my fathers’ tombs lies desolate, consumed by fire? 

Verse 4a: The kings said, “What would you request?” 

Verse 4b:  So I prayed 

Verse 5: I said to the king…. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS. 
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow? 

Verse 1a: God brings things about in God’s timing.  It is God’s impossible assignment and calling for Nehemiah from the start, so GOD must do it all and I must wait upon the LORD to move.  NO need to manipulate the situation or try to push things through on my own wisdom, power and timing.  Faith is continuing to pray and expect in spite of the time lapse. 

Verse 1b: Here Nehemiah was just doing the job that God had placed before him to do.  No more, no less.  God knows where He has placed me, God knows where to find me, so instead of complaining where I am and that I am not “doing” what I want for God, trust that He has a plan and will bing it about in His time.  In the meantime, work hard where I am for the glory of God.   

Verse 2a:  God opens eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to listen in His time.  GOD OPENS the doors!!!!  Don’t waste a bunch of time and energy trying to pry them open!!  Faith waits with expectation!! 

Verse 2b:  Even GREAT men of faith are very afraid!!!  Just the word “faith” indicated there will be opposition and courage needed. 

Verse 3: Nehemiah laid down the Truth of the matter.  He did not try to paint a softer picture of the Truth or a more “palatable” one.   Faith speaks the Truth even where very afraid. 

Verse 4a:  HERE IT IS! The defining moment.  A small hinge that opens a big door! The king speaks four words because it is God who moves the heart of the king.  Nehemiah’s prayer of faith is becoming sight right before his eyes!  What will he do?  When God opens the door, it is open wide, the way is clear. 

Verse 4b:  Nehemiah STILL NEEDS God.  I love that he doesn’t say, “Great God! I got it from here! Much thanks!”  Even the fact that God is opening the door, still Nehemiah needs the strength to walk through it.  Faith is required the whole way! There is always a GAP between what I can do and what God must do when God calls us to His impossible assignments.  To realize our need is such a gift from God.  Nehemiah knows, “Lord I need You, oh I need You! Every hour I need You!” 

Verse 5:  Faith walks.  Faith is a verb.  Faith is what I DO (chapter 2) because it rests upon what I believe (Chapter 1). 


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME NOW? APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to? 

Verse 1a: What causes me to lose faith that God can and will do something?  What has God placed in my heart to believe (A calling? A person who will come to the LORD? A certain situation to be resolved?) Has the time lapse made me question God, or will I continue to pray, believing, because God put it in my heart to believe? 

Verse 1b:  Is it easier to complain and question God in where He has placed me day after day?  Or will I choose to seek and honor Him, where He has trusted me to be, as He molds me for His plan and not my own? 

Verse 2a: Am I looking to see how God is going to open doors in my life or am I busy complaining about the fact that He is not opening the ones I want when I want? 

Verse 2b:  It is ok to be afraid, but in the end will I give the power in my life over to the fear I have of men or God?  Will I allow God to stretch my faith in spite of my fear? 

Verse 3: When do I hold back with the Truth because I don’t want it to hurt anyone?  Will I trust God for the timing, tone and words lovingly giving the Truth when it is demanded of me without pride or fear of consequence? 

Verse 4a: When God opens the door and the way IS clear, will I step-to or step-away?  John 6:66 “As a result, many withdrew.” Will I press in? Have I pressed in? When? What was the result?  Have I shrunk in fear?   

Verse 4b:  Am I quick to pray?  Do I realize how desperately dependent I am on Jesus? 

Verse 5:  If my beliefs are evidenced by what I do then how do I prove my beliefs through my actions?  What do I really believe? (If I REALLY believe cereal is the BEST breakfast food, then in my life there will be evidence of eating cereal at breakfast a lot…. does that make sense?)

LIVE IT OUT!
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage. 

Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason?? 

Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.

LORD, help my unbelief!  Give me the strength to wait when You say wait, to speak when You say speak and to walk when You say walk.  Open my ears to hear, and my heart to listen and my set my feet to Your path today as I go out.

Homework:  Do the three questions onNehemiah 2:10-20. 
Bonus Challenge:Three questions on any or all of Nehemiah 3.

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Women’s Bible Studies Begin January 7th

Ladies, it’s that time of year again!  A special time set aside for you to rest in the presence of God and learn more about who He is and who you are in Him.

The Cove’s Annual Women’s Bible Study begins Tuesday, January 7th.

Come away each Tuesday (1 morning and 1 evening study) for the next several weeks and hear God’s voice speaking to you.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more details and to register.  It’s free!  Don’t forget to bring a friend or two.

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See what Kendra Graham has in store for her evening study here.

See what Jane Derrick has planned for her study here.

SAVING A SEAT FOR YOU: Coming up in 2014

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We have so much to look forward to in the New Year.  Take a look here to see what’s happening at The Cove in 2014. 

 

Click here for information on the free Women’s Bible studies beginning on January 7th.

Select one of the dates below for more information on the Military Marriage Retreats in 2014:
February 14-16, 2014 with Michael Easley
June 28-30, 2014  with Gary Chapman

And last but not least…

Save the date: An Evening at The Cove with David Phelps on February 13th!

Annual Women’s Bible Study at The Cove Begins January 7th!

Womens events small versionLadies, we can’t think of a better way to start the New Year than digging into the richness of God’s Word with other women in our area. 

Are you in? 

The Cove’s free annual women’s Bible study begins on Tuesday January 7th!     

If you have attended before, we hope you will be coming back.  If you have never been, we hope you will come and join many other local women in an encouraging time of fellowship and studying the Word of God in the quiet, majestic beauty of The Cove!   

Our Tuesday morning study, Finding Great Joy in the Celebration of Jesus, will be led by Jane Derrick beginning at 9:45 a.m. and concluding at noon.  There will be an optional lunch available for $10. 

Watch here as Jane offers a special invitation to leave behind the busyness of the Season and begin your New Year celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Our Tuesday evening study, Rise to the Occasion, a study in the Book of Nehemiah, will be led by Kendra Graham beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding at 8:30 p.m.  

Watch here as Kendra invites you to take a stand and experience the Great Awakening of God’s people. 

While the studies are free to attend, you must register to participate.  Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register.   

Are you in an existing Bible Study and/or Sunday school group?

We encourage you to take a break from your routine and let this 7 & 8 week study be a place of renewal and inspiration for your entire group.  

Kendra’s Bible Study…Judges 3:3-4

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra Graham NOTES from Judges 3:3-4

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE.
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

Verse 3: These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines, ALL the Canaanites, Sidonians, and Hivites who lived in Mt Lebanon from Mt Baal-hermon as far as Lebohamath

Verse 4: They were for testing Israel to find out if they would obey the LORD which He commanded.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS.
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?

Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?

Verse 3: Yikes! You look at that verse and say whaaaaat???  What in the world does that mean?  I thought for awhile….. The verb “are”…. the enemies of God’s people are these groups of people, and God had commanded Israel to dispatch them.  There are enemies that are against God.  That may be a difficult sentence to swallow…. you may need awhile to get over that or think about it.  This “world culture” teaches us that there are no “real” enemies, everything can always be talked out, the enemy appeased, we can give a little on both sides.  The enemy of God will never be appeased, the enemy will always want more.  God knew His people would be wooed away from Him by the culture and society of these groups of people, yet the people thought they were strong enough to stand.  God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5).  Israel was placing itself in a situation that would challenge their faithfulness to God.  We all have territory in our lives God asks us to destroy completely and walk away from. (see Colossians 3:1-17)

Verse 4: God knew these nations (people) would draw Israel away from Him, not towards Him, yet He allowed Israel to make their own choice in the matter.

There are certain vices that draw each of us away from the God we love and were created to serve.  Often times we think we are strong enough to say no to these vices, even if on a daily basis we are confronted with them.  God allows these things in our lives to test our commitment to Him.  Who or what will we choose?  Obedience to God or satisfaction for ourselves for a moment? 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.

As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.

*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

Verse 3: Are there areas in our lives that we need to destroy completely?  Territory which consistently rivals our loyalty to God (areas that put us as an enemy towards God) and we find ourselves compromising time and time again?  Have we asked God what He would have us do regarding these areas?

Verse 4: What things or people are we confronted with that tend to draw us away from that relationship with God we were created to have?  What prevents us from serving God with all out abandon? What will we do about that?

LIVE IT OUT!

Lord, give me the strength to rid my life of those things which draw me away from You.

Homework: Judges 3:5-7

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

 

 

Kendra Graham Bible Study…Joshua 8:1-10

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share in our journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 8: 1-10 

WHAT DOES IT SAY?  THE FACTS ONLY PLEASE
In this step you need to list the outstanding facts of the passage.  DON’T get caught up in the details, just list the facts.  Do not paraphrase.  Use the actual words of the passage.  This is God’s Word, a lot of times this step seems tedious to some, but I urge you, as we read, and say and write God’s Word, it begins to sink deep into our hearts.  If you just pick one fact out of the verse, write it down and meditate on it.

1a.  The LORD said, Do not fear or be dismayed.
1b. Take all the people of war with you.
1c. Go to Ai.
1d. I have given: the king of Ai, his people & land.
2a. Do to Ai & its king like Jericho, only take spoil & cattle.
2.b. Set an ambush for the city.
3. So J
oshua rose with all the people of war to go to Ai.
4
. He commanded, “Ambush the city, be ready”.
5
. They will come out after us, so we will flee.
6-7. Rise from your ambush. When you seize the city, set it on fire according to the Word of the LORD.
9-10. So Joshua spent the night there, rose early, mustered the people and went to Ai. 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? THE LESSONS
Look for a lesson to learn from each fact.  What are the people doing that they should be doing?  What are the people doing that they shouldn’t be doing?
Is there a command to follow?  A promise to claim?  A warning to heed? An example to follow?  Meditate on these.  Ask God what lesson it is that He wants you to hear or learn.

1a.  God RENEWS our confidence in Him w/ the promises in His Word.
1b. God kindly RESTORES the ENTIRE nation, my past sin does not disqualify me for present service to the King of kings.
1c. God REDEEMS my past often times by wanting to replace THAT PLACE that has a testimony of failure with a testimony of His victory! (It HAD to be Ai before they moved on, or that past would beat them down time after time after time… festering in the back of their heads and hearts burdening them with shame…).
1c. God REMINDS His people that His plan and calling on their life has not changed in the least, and reminds ALL of them His promise still stands…. His promises have no expiration regardless of my actions.
2a.  God does NOT hold my past against me! Regardless of my past failure, my present obedience will end in BLESSING.  This time they get a material blessing too! Often times God wants to bless me, but I turn it down knowing I don’t deserve it.
2b.  God gives Joshua the plan.  Trust in God to lead you where and how you need to be led…. not necessarily where I want to be led.  God will always reveal His plan.  I need to be careful to do all (Joshua 1:8).
3.  God uses everyone to obtain the victory.  It is not up to one part of the body of Christ, but the body of Christ as a WHOLE.  YOUR PERSONAL OBEDIENCE MATTERS!
4. God’s instructions are clear. Don’t change them or add to them.
5. Joshua follows God’s plan for an ambush. Don’t try to use another plan or way than the one God reveals.
6-7. Wait… hold in position until it is time to go! HAVE PATIENCE in my holding pattern!8. Be careful to listen to and obey because it is the Word of the LORD… truly truly.
9-10:  When God asks me to do something, don’t delegate it out.  Rise early to obey.  ‘Lead by deeds not words’ (George Washington)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? NOW APPLY IT…. TODAY.
Take the lessons you learned and put them into the form of a personal question that you would ask your spouse, or a friend or your son or daughter.
As you write the questions, listen for God to communicate to you through His Word.
*Do not rush.  Do not write things down just to have something on paper, this step takes more time that you may think.   This is where Scripture meditation becomes real, this is where you begin to hear that still small voice speak to you, and place His finger in your life and begin to direct your paths…. this day, and the next, and the next.  Do you trust Him enough to put into place that which He is moving you to?

1a.Am I allowing God’s Word to give me confidence or do I tend to believe others and the words going around in my head instead?
1b. Have I settled to believe the lie that God cannot do anything with me because my life was or is a mess?
1c.  Do I know the promises God has spoken over ME?
2a. Do I think God is always trying to find new ways to beat me down with consequences over my past?  Do I have the courage and humility it will take for me to 1. obey God, and then 2. accept His blessing!?
2b.  Am I willing to ask God what His plan for me is?  Or do I just want Him to bless my plans for me?
3.  How and where is God calling me to obedience?  Do I realize my obedience matters A LOT to God and is a BIG DEAL???
4. Do I beg God for direction only when I get it I beg for another set of instructions that I am more comfortable with?
5.
Do I tend to make God’s plans more palatable to coincide with my own idea of common sense?  If I sprinkle my plans… with God’s plans… hmmm?
6-7. Why is it so hard to WAIT on God’s timing?
8. Am I careful with the instructions God has given me, and am I careful to do all He is asked, NOTHING MORE (We LOVE to do more… makes us look better, in our eyes, right? and careful not to pick and choose the things I like).
9-10.  Is it time that I acted on those things I have claimed for so long to believe?

LIVE IT OUT.
Look over all your facts, lessons and applications for a given passage.
Is there a main theme to them?  Does one verse stand out over the rest for some reason??Hold yourself accountable to LIVE OUT in your daily life that which God impresses upon your heart.  Write it out, sign it, date it and claim the transforming power of God’s Word and His presence in your life.
OBEY.  LET GOD DEAL WITH THE THINGS IN MY LIFE HE NEEDS TO DEAL WITH TO BRING ME INTO A RESTORED PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.  PRESS IN.  FACE IT. REFUSE TO RUN. God’s plans are right.

HOMEWORK:  Do the Three Questions on Acts 16:22-32  OR EXTRA CREDIT: 16:6-40!

Get stuck?  www.annegrahamlotz.com  and Anne will walk through the Three Questions with you and help you along!

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:20-27

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share tin he journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:20-27 

What does it say? THE FACTS

20.   When Joshua and Israel finished slaying them and the survivors who remained entered the fortified cities,
21.   all the people returned to camp in peace, no one uttered a word against Israel
22.  “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring the five kings out”
23.   They did so: The king of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish & Eglon
24.   Joshua called for all men of Israel, and said to the chiefs who had gone w/ him”Put your feet on the necks of these kings” So they came near and put their feet on their necks
25.  Joshua said, “Do not be afraid or dismayed, be strong and of a good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies.
26.  Afterward Joshua struck, killed them and hanged them on 5 trees until evening.
27.  So it was at the going down of the sun Joshua commanded & they took them down, cast them into the cave where they had been hidden and laid large stones against the cave’s mouth

What does it Mean? THE LESSONS 

20-21: When the power of God has been revealed (to believers as well as non-believers) there is nothing to say that we could possible add.  (EVERY knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus is LORD!)
22-24: These kings went against God and His people with all they had, it is hard sometimes for us to wrap our brains around an all merciful God and an all righteous and just God, we like to focus on the mercy, don’t we?  There is a time for EVERYONE to receive God’s grace and God’s mercy, and that time is NOW! NOW is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)! If you have ears to hear, HEAR!  Because there is a day coming, when time will run out…. your decision is NOW.  The Canaanites and Amorites, and all the other “ites” had year after year, decade after decade to repent, and stop the wickedness (Genesis 15:6)…. until God said enough is enough and their wickedness was complete, and God went before Israel like a consuming fire and destroyed these nations that were mightier than Israel.  Did God give Israel the land because they were so good?  No, God gave Israel the land because Canaan was so wicked, and because of the Righteousness of God’s character, not the righteousness of Israel’s character (Deuteronomy 9). God loved the people of Canaan, and was patient and long suffering waiting for them to come to repentance. In Romans 1 Paul talks about not having an excuse, because if you see one sunrise you should know there is a God, but the people of the land became more depraved, and deepened in their wickedness, and the result, the consequence of sin is always death.  Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.”  God means what He says.  Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned BUT the GIFT of God is eternal life!.”  Yes, there is hope!!! The GIFT of God is eternal life, a life raft! Well what is the gift of God? Is it possible for you and I to attain this gift? YES! John 3:16, “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son (Jesus) that whosoever BELIEVES in Him will have everlasting life!” The gift of God is Jesus! Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!” 2 Peter 3:9, “The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward YOU, not wishing for ANY to PERISH but ALL to come to repentance”

GOD IS MERCIFUL, AND GOD IS JUST.

25: Joshua remembers what God has said in His Word, and encourages the nation.  God is faithful to His Word, and Joshua is living by it.  The things God calls us to do are hard, we will be tempted to run, hide and be discouraged.   I must remind myself who God is, not who I am.
26-27:  The very thing these kings thought would be their shelter was their grave.  Be careful what I put my faith in, if it is anything other than Jesus, I will come up short.  The stones piled up in front of this cave, this grave, are a good warning to you and me… don’t delay in repentance to God! John 14:6, “I (Jesus) AM the Way, the Truth and the LIFE no one can come to God, but through Me.”

What Does it Mean to Me? THE APPLICATIONS

20-21:  When have I seen God work in mighty ways and been speechless about what He has done, either for me or someone else? (If the answer for this question is never… read the stories of Hudson Taylor, Amy Slessor, Bill Bright, Jim Cymbala) there are countless others on the testimony of God’s amazing power that will leave you and I speechless!
22-24: Has there been a time in my life when I have personally repented of my sin and asked for the forgiveness of God that is available because of Jesus?  Or am I living my life in direct opposition to God, thinking I have plenty of time to make things right before the end?  Do I realize and know that God loves me and His plan for me is not destruction and punishment, but love and acceptance if I will just humble myself before Him?  Do I need to stop here and NOW and ask God to forgive me?
25:  Am I in God’s Word enough to remember His promises and challenges to me?  Do I believe God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do?
26-27: Who or what do I put my faith in to provide for my safety, my needs my assurance for the future?  A job? A spouse? A talent? My charity? The good stuff I do? Only Jesus is our assurance!

HOMEWORK:
Read Verses 28-43 (Joshua chapter 10), focus doing the 3 questions on verses 40-43. 

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